Here is a map of Germany’s forests and cities, in a watercolor style.
Here’s how to make it!
The styling comes from the Watercolor style for ArcGIS Pro.
I ran a query to isolate the forest and urban land cover types.
Then I ran a dissolve to merge all neighboring polygons of the same type together. I calculated their area and filtered out the smaller polygons.
Using the Watercolor style, I gave the background a paper texture and the cities and forests their own painterly color.
With the digital elevation model images, I stitched them together so all of Germany was covered by a single DEM, I blurred it with a 20 pixel radius to generalize away the details, then I rendered an aspect layer from it (hills are color-coded by what direction they are facing). I gave the southeast-facing hillsides a very faint tan color.
Using the same blurry DEM, I created contour lines and gave them a pencil-y sketchy stroke symbol.
Then I played around with boundary strokes, water fills and coastal water lines, and applied the watercolor style to the title text. And that was that!
For a more detailed step-by-step, check out this blog post.
Happy Mapping! John